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Early Childhood Education

Emphasis of Program

The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education includes knowledge, skills, and dispositions from prenatal/birth through age eight.  The major leads to Minnesota Early Childhood Education Licensure (birth through third grade).   Most of the education classes offered include a related experience in an early childhood program.  Students interested in  majoring in early childhood education may make formal application for admission during the last semester of their sophomore year.  There is a minimum cumulative GPA requirement of 2.8 from all colleges and universities attended, plus other requirements.  Application forms are available on-line and in the Education Department office located in the Individualized Learning Building.  Persons with previous degrees and/or current licensure interested in adding a licensure field or endorsement may request a transcript review any time.

Career Opportunities

Early Childhood Education Program graduates are prepared to provide developmentally appropriate activities for infants, toddlers, preschool and primary grade children.  Private pre-school, child care, Head Start, Early Childhood Family Education, kindergarten, and primary grade teaching are possible career directions.  Early childhood education is an emerging field with the potential for leadership positions in higher education as well as in agencies that provide support to families and children, such as Head Start and other childcare resource and referral agencies.

Required Education Courses

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